Fun Summer Activities in Lake Hopatcong
Lake Hopatcong is a beautiful freshwater lake bordering Sussex and Morris Counties in northern New Jersey. Located only 30 miles from the Delaware River and 40 miles from Manhattan, it’s an ideal day trip for a date night or a family gathering. With loads of activities including boating, watersports, hiking, dining, and more, you’ll never get bored of visiting Lake Hopatcong.
Whether you’re a local, have recently moved to the area, or are simply visiting, check out these five fun summer activities you can enjoy by the lake!
1. Take a Boat Tour
Lake Hopatcong Cruises offers spectacular boat tours, from Spiked Seltzer Saturdays and Sunset Cocktails to Family Dinner and International Food Nights. They even boast eagle sightseeing and history tours! You can also make your own boat tour by renting a boat from one of the many marinas on the lake. If you choose to do so, take advantage of Lake Hopatcong being one of the only lakes in New Jersey that has restaurants accessible by boat.
2. Enjoy Watersports
If you’re feeling adventurous, try out some watersports on the lake! Enjoy pedal boarding, hydro bikes, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, wake surfing, tubing, and paddle boarding from a number of rental services. Rent for an hour or enjoy the entire day out on the water.
3. Visit Lake Hopatcong State Park
You’re sure to have a fun-packed day at Hopatcong State Park with swimming, fishing, volleyball and basketball courts, a soccer field, playground equipment, and boat launch access onto Lake Hopatcong! There are also hiking and biking trails at the park. Finally, the State Park also has a large picnic area with many tables and grills available for public use.
4. Castle Cove Family Activities
If you’re looking for family-friendly activities, Castle Cove is a must-visit! This local family-owned business has an 18-hole, castle-themed miniature golf course and an arcade loaded with classic games. Try your hand at ski ball, air hockey, Ripper Ribbit, claw machines, and more! In addition, Castle Cove also includes an exciting gemstone and fossil mining adventure that’s thrilling for all ages.
5. Dine on the Water
Lake Hopatcong restaurants, like Stone Water, The Windlass, or Pavinci, are charmingly located on the waterfront for an upscale dining experience. All of these eateries offer outdoor seating where guests can take in gorgeous views with their dinner and drinks. With over 15 lakefront dining options, you’re sure to find a menu to enjoy.
Discover More of Morris County’s Beauty
If you love Lake Hopatcong and Morris County, consider moving here! Living in this area, you can enjoy the relaxing suburbs and while being only 30 minutes away from New York City. Plus, Lake Hopatcong will be closer than ever. For more resources on moving to Morris County, visit the Morris County EDC’s website or contact us today.